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Houston Astros News: June 19, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Monday, June 19, 2017.

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Xander Bogaerts' 2 homers propel Red Sox past Astros

Xander Bogaerts homered twice and drove in four runs Sunday night, and the Red Sox beat the Astros 6-5 at Minute Maid Park as Houston closed a nine-game homestand with a 3-6 record and three consecutive lost series.

It’s really happening: Red Sox tied for first place

It would be hyperbolic to suggest a three-game series in June is somehow vital. It was not.

Astros' battered rotation to take major step in rehab this week

All four injured Astros starters will take steps toward returning to the starting rotation in the coming days, manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday.

Adjusted swing making Astros' Brian McCann a force against lefthanders

Brian McCann's presence in the lineup Sunday night against Red Sox lefthander David Price may have been considered a stretch in past seasons, but not in the wake of McCann's success this season against lefties.

Astros' 3 HRs not enough as Sox take series

In the final meeting between two American League heavyweights until the final four games of regular season, the Red Sox used a pair of homers from Xander Bogaerts to overcome three Astros homers and win, 6-5, on Sunday night at Minute Maid Park.

Astros' starters making progress in rehabs

As the Astros prepared to hit the West Coast for a week long road trip beginning Monday in Oakland, all four of their injured starting pitchers -- right-handers Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr., Charlie Morton and Collin McHugh -- will soon take steps forward in their rehabs.

Is any team having more fun than the Houston Astros?

The Astros have scored the second-most runs in the league (374) and have allowed the fewest runs (267) going into Sunday's games.

Oh, and good luck finding a team that's having more fun.

MLB Rumor Buy or Sell: Astros reportedly eyeing Sonny Gray at the trade deadline

The A's righty figures to draw interest, including from Houston

Around the League

MLB players can wear nicknames on their jerseys for one weekend. Here are some ideas

This is not a dumb blog at all!

College World Series 2017 scores and bracket: Louisville brought the bats to Omaha

The Cardinals are here to hit, and hit they did.

'Cycle for the ages!' Rockies, Nolan rollin'

No point in washing Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado's special Father's Day uniform. Every stain, from dirt covering the front to some oddly thick, red blocks on the left sleeve, commemorate history. Arenado delivered his first career cycle with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rockies a 7-5 victory over the Giants.

Pitch Tunneling: Is It Real? And How Do Pitchers Actually Pitch?

The concept of pitch tunneling is gaining popularity. The idea is that two different pitches fly down the same trajectory long enough to look nearly identical through the point when a hitter must decide whether, or not, to swing.

Congress Finds Peace in the Church of Baseball

When members of Congress take the field to play baseball, it can never just be a baseball game.